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Why some insiders think missing plane landed in Pakistan

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LIGNET.com As the search for Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 drags on without a trace of wreckage at sea, the likelihood of foul play looms larger. One country keeps rising to the top of the list of suspects: Pakistan. Ten days after the flight vanished, LIGNET learned that engineers at Boeing, the plane’s manufacturer, believed the [...]

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Reports: Saudis ask Pakistan for two divisions to secure the kingdom, train its troops

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif meets with Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal, Islamabad on Jan. 8.

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — Saudi Arabia was said to have asked Pakistan for tens of thousands of troops to protect the Gulf Cooperation Council kingdom. Two Pakistani dailies reported that Riyad requested the deployment of two Pakistan Army divisions, or 30,000 troops, to protect the Arab kingdom. In early February, the newspapers, Roznama Naya [...]

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Saudi Arabia again woos Pakistan as U.S. shifts strategic balance in Iran’s favor

Pakistan’s Gen. Raheel Sharif with Saudi Crown Prince Salman bin Abdul Aziz in Islamabad on Feb. 17.  /ISPR

Special to WorldTribune.com GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs staff in Islamabad Saudi Arabia’s concern over the growing regional strategic dominance of Iran rose to unprecedented levels when the U.S. Barack Obama Administration abandoned support for the Saudi, Turkish, and Qatari plans to escalate the war against Iranian ally Syria in 2013. Instead the White House began [...]

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Saudi Arabia, Pakistan sign accord to expand strategic ties

Crown Prince Salman Bin Abdul Aziz, Deputy Premier and Minister of Defense, being received by Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif at Nur Khan Airbase in Islamabad on Feb. 15.  /SPA

Special to WorldTribune.com ABU DHABI — Saudi Arabia and Pakistan have decided to enhance security cooperation. The two Muslim allies have signed what was described as major security cooperation accords during the three-day visit by Saudi Crown Prince Salman Bin Abdul Aziz. Officials said the agreements would facilitate the extradition of suspects and the employment [...]

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Saudi eyeing Pakistan’s JF-17 fighter jet, modeled from U.S. F-16

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Special to WorldTribune.com ABU DHABI — Saudi Arabia has been examining the prospect of becoming a partner in Pakistan’s fighter jet program. Officials said the Saudi Defense Ministry has been reviewing Pakistan’s JF-17 fighter jet program. The officials said representatives of the ministry as well as the Royal Saudi Air Force were examining the feasibility [...]

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Saudi Arabia hires cash-strapped Pakistan to bolster security

Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Saud al-Faisal speaks during a news conference with Sartaj Aziz, the adviser to Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Islamabad on Jan. 7. /Reuters/Mian Khursheed

Special to WorldTribune.com LONDON — Saudi Arabia has employed Pakistan to enhance internal security for the Gulf Cooperation Council kingdom. Diplomats said the Saudi royal family has been working with Pakistan to bolster security in the GCC state. They said Pakistan would supply trained personnel for most of the Saudi armed forces, including police and [...]

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Pakistan emerges as leading supplier and trainer of Gulf state militaries

Bahraini National Guard
commander Gen. Mohammed Bin Issa Al Khalifa meets with
Pakistan Chief of Staff Gen. Rashid Mahmoud on Dec. 10.

Special to WorldTribune.com ABU DHABI — Bahrain plans to enhance military cooperation with Pakistan. Officials said the two Asian Muslim states discussed military cooperation during the visit to Islamabad by Bahraini National Guard commander Gen. Mohammed Bin Issa Al Khalifa. The officials said Mohammed, who met Pakistan Chief of Staff Gen. Rashid Mahmoud on Dec. [...]

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No. 2 most-viewed in 2013: What happened to SEAL Team Six? The most serious scandal of all

A Chinook helicopter in Helmand province, Afghanistan.  /Anja Niedringhaus/AP

Special to WorldTribune.com Originally published May 30, 2013 By Grace Vuoto The media is now consistently referring to three scandals engulfing the Obama presidency, even using a shorthand expression such as a “trifecta” of troubling incidents. Yet, there is a scandal brewing that is worse than the Department of Justice violating freedom of the press, [...]

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Ex-Israeli intel chief: Pakistan nukes for Saudis bought and paid for

Former Israeli intelligence chief Maj. Gen. Amos Yadlin.  /Gideon Markowicz/FLASH90

Special to WorldTribune.com LONDON — Saudi Arabia was said to have paid Pakistan for nuclear weapons, meant for delivery once Iran achieves such capability. European and Israeli sources said Saudi Arabia has invested hundreds of millions of dollars into Pakistan’s nuclear weapons program. They said Islamabad has already assembled an unspecified number of nuclear warheads [...]

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On the global terror front: But the U.S. embassies are open in India and Pakistan

Indian Hindu Shiv Sena activists protest the death of five Indian soldiers in Jammu on Aug. 6.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com NEW DELHI — A bloody ambush on the Indian side of the line of control in the region over which India and Pakistan have been quarreling for decades shows not only the fragility of ceasefires but the inroads of terrorism from the Middle East across South and Southeast [...]

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